Shall we start the "push me, shove you" pool now?
This can't end well.
After every flight, Qantas pilots fill out a form, called a "gripesheet," which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft. The mechanics correct & inspect the problems, document their repairs on the form, and then pilots review the gripe sheets before the next flight. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
S: Almost replaced left inside main tire.
P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.
P: Something loose in cockpit.
S: Something tightened in cockpit.
P: Dead bugs on windshield.
S: Live bugs on back-order.
P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent.
S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.
P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
S: Evidence removed.
P: DME volume unbelievably loud.
S: DME volume set to more believable level.
P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
S: That's what friction locks are for.
P: IFF inoperative in OFF mode.
S: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.
P: Suspected crack in windshield.
S: Suspect you're right.
P: Number 3 engine missing.
S: Engine found on right wing after brief search.
P: Aircraft handles funny. (I love this one!)
S: Aircraft warned to: straighten up, fly right, and be serious.
P: Target radar hums.
S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.
P: Mouse in cockpit.
S: Cat installed.
And the best one for last..................
P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget pounding on something with a hammer.
S: Took hammer away from midget
1986 R80RT, 2005 R1200GS
Livin' Large On The Lake
those are good! Thanks
Internet forum postings are a never ending source of amazement and amusement.
Completely indicative of what I call The Human Drama.
You need not be online to view or experience it.
There's an interactive display all day every day, wherever you may find yourself....
Perhaps even in your own home (esp. if there's a teenager present)!
Best of all?
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Just changing a belt can be a fairly involved job, since the belts are down the front of the engine, right behind the rear wall of the cockpit. Getting to the belts generally means that most of the stuff on the outside of the engine needs to be removed just to clear a path, and I often need to rig up something to lay on to reach into places like that:
Valve adjustments are a *MAJOR* pain in the ass, requiring not only all the steps described above but also the removal of the cam-housings from the head:
But it's all worth it on days like this:
All that said, I'm thinking about getting rid of it and finding myself another R1200GS.
Bikeless for now...but not forever!
"If you can't fix it with a hammer, it's electrical." -somebody's dad
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